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November 11th, 2005 - Trickle of Consciousness — LiveJournal
I've given into some of the hype. Picked up both New Excalibur and New X-Men as impulse buys. I don't have much to say on the Excalibur book; it was a bit uneven, but the good bits were good enough that I'll probably try the next issue.

New X-Men, though, was an odd read. Some minor spoilers, so a cut tag and a warning:

Where's Waldo Cast EditionCollapse )

So, while frustrated by some lacking context, I'm interested to follow up on Wither, and to see who it is that's dating Wallflower. I want to know what's going on with the blonde telepath cult. And then there's the final page and the fate of the character on it. Plenty of things to draw me in next month.

Only, as I understand it, the characters on the cover are meant to be the core players in the series from here on out. Given that, I kind of scratched my head at the fact that five out of seven of them only get a panel apiece this issue (actually, two of those five share their panel). If it weren't for the cover, I'd have no idea these kids weren't just a handful more of the litany of "Name. Codename. Power." captions throughout.

In the end, the issue was interesting enough that I'll likely be back to check it out next month. But I'm still a little confused as to why the issue gets me interested in a whole bunch of characters whom, as I understand it, are either on the way out or meant to be supporting players. The people I'm supposed to be following are for reasons unknown camouflaged into the masses. Odd choice, that.

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Knowing full well that my movie choice may undermine my elitist shock at the end of this story, I tell it anyway because it makes me laugh (though it may not be as funny if you're not a grammar nerd).

Last night I went to hang out with a friend. I stopped by Blockbuster to rent a movie to watch. We'd decided we'd try out The Family Guy: The Stewie Griffin Story. So, first I looked from the beginning of the F movies until I got to Fever Pitch. No go. So, then I checked the S section for Stewie. Still nothing. Not in comedies, thankfully not in "Family" with the other animated movies.

Huh. Thinking they didn't have it, I started to head out. Then I saw they had a copy for sale. Seemed odd to me that Blockbuster would sell a flick they didn't have available to rent, so I went up to the counter and asked. Sure, they had it, the girl told me. She even looked to make sure it was in stock.

Then she nicely informed me that the shelves were alphabetized, so it was in the F section for Family. She pointed and clarified: right after The Forgotten.

If you'd been there, I'm fairly sure you'd have heard my brain screaming and cackling at the same time.

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